NHS Highland is set to launch a new service across Argyll and Bute enabling members of the public to refer themselves or their children directly to see a dietitian.
The service will be launched this Monday, January 20 and means the area’s residents will no longer have to see their GP or practice nurse before being referred to a diet and nutrition expert.
Commenting on this new service Debbie Kirby, Argyll and Bute lead for dietetics, said: “Dietitians are often referred to as the ‘Gold Standard’ when it comes to nutrition and food professionals as choosing the right person to seek help and advice from can sometimes be a confusing task.
“The Argyll and Bute Dietetic service consists of a team of health professionals who assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public health level.
“We use the most up to date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease which we translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.
“Our staff will direct the referrals appropriately and they will provide advice and support on a wide range of conditions linked to your diet including heart disease, diabetes, weight management, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and food allergy and intolerance.
“Staff will also provide nutritional support for people who have eating and drinking difficulties as well as advice on cooking and shopping skills. We work with both healthy and sick people and can provide support to both health fairs and community groups.”
Anyone wishing to use the new self-referral service can fill in a form available at out-patient departments and medical centres, email HIGH-UHB.DietitiansDirect@nhs.net or call 01631 789041.